Johnson Cattle Company
published: January 10th 2014
source: Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association
Although relatively new to the purebred cattle business, Johnson Cattle Company is building a very high quality Simbrah program in South Texas. The operation, owned by brothers Wayne and Kenny Johnson, along with their wives, Belva and Twila began their Simbrah operation four years ago.
They have maintained a commercial herd for many years near Kenedy, Texas and value the positive attributes of Brahman based breeding.
“We love the Simbrah breed because it combines the bone, muscle and milking ability of the Simmental with the heat tolerance, insect and disease resistance of the Brahman breed. Simbrahs are also very docile and easy to handle. In addition, the breed gives us options, as we can utilize three-quarter bloods and we can take advantage of the 1/8 floating percentage,” explains the Johnson brothers.
Their initial purchase included embryos from Smith Genetics at a Simbrah Synergy event and they have continued to add embryos and young females. The Johnson Cattle Company program has the influence of some of the strongest and most proven of cow families in the breed including, Smith Priceless, Smith Bella Bella, LM She Moves, Smith Pure Diamond, LMC Oprah, LMC Miss Diva, Smith Black Mystic, Smith Gold-en Glory, and Smith Annie Lou. Their sire power is equally as strong, as they have the genetics of Smith Nu Wave II, Smith Isgrig Charis-matic, Smith Satis-fies, NF Smith Sar-geant, Smith Nu Approach, Smith Stout N Black, RFI Real Deal, LMC Johnnie Walker and HR Power House.
In 2013, the outfit showed their first Simbrah, a young Charismatic sired heifer out of the Priceless cow. She will be campaigned at the major shows this spring.
The Johnsons have not only been impressed with the Simbrah cattle, but they also are impressed by the junior program and the emphasis placed on developing youth, as well as the friendliness of all the breeders.
Their program is growing and their goal is to breed very high quality genetics, and to add Simbrah influence to their commercial program. They are anticipating some great calves to hit the ground this spring. Up to this point, they have been retaining their production, but they anticipate marketing some young show heifers and bred heifers this year.
Kenedy is southeast of San Antonio and the Johnson family would welcome your visit.